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Turned front tension dial poped off with spring and tension holder
I think plastic thread on front dial are wore out.

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I have never been able to find the knob you are writing about soooo_
You will need to buy a new tension assembly. They come in different sizes so the best thing will be to take it to a technician. should be able to have it replaced for under $25
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Posted on Jul 09, 2008

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My consew 2230R starts out sewing fine then after about 8" it begind to drop stitches , I think its the tension spring but do not know how to change or adjust it . I tore it down but am unable to rem


THE BOBBIN IS PLACED INTO THE HOLDER WITH THE THREAD IS GOING AWAY FROM THE SPRING, NOT TOWARDS IT. IT IS LIKELY TO TURN COUNTER CLOCKWISE. TAKE THE ASSEMBLY OUT AND PLACE THE THREAD INTO THE BOBBIN HOLDER JUST AS YOU WOULD WHILE IN THE SEWING MACHINE AND PLACE THE THREAD UNDER THE SPRING. ONCE IN THEN TRY CAREFULLY TO LET THE ASSEMBLY HANG. BOUNCE THE ASSEMBY DANGLE AND BOUNCE UP AND DOWN. THIS IS TO ADJUST THE BOBBIN TENSION. THE TENSION SHOULD ALLOW THE ASSEMBLY TO MOVE AROUND ONE INCH AWAY. YOU NEED TO ADJUST THE SPRING ACCORDINGLY. IF THIIS DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH FIXING THE PROBLEM THEN YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR TIMING GEARS AND BELTS CHECKED. THEY ARE ALLOWING THE TIMIING TO CHANGE IN A SHORT LENGTH OF STITCHES.

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Need to know how to thread and use bobbin in Elna 210 sewing machine


I can't see this manual available at the usual spots of:
www.sewingpartsonline.com
www.sewusa.com or
www.diplodocs.com
but you could email either of the first two websites and ask them.

If you look at the threading up diagram here,
http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Elna_Sewing_machine_threading/Elna_225_threading_diagram.htm
it may be sufficient info to get your machine running.

I'm presuming it is a front loading bobbin and case model? Many models are this style Singer, Jones/Brother, Toyota, Bernina, once you've mastered the bobbin case and bobbin, they are all very similar.
If it is a top loading bobbin style then look at the threading up diagrams for the Janomes, it may be more like them. These there is no removable case, you load the bobbin into the bobbin holder and click the thread into the tension spring.

The critical thing for threading up all sewing machines, is winding the bobbin nice and smoothly, getting it into the bobbin holder or case the right way and placing the thread tail into the tension spring correctly so the thread is under tension as it feeds out.
And for the top thread, it must go through the take up lever, tension dial (usually two metal discs that press together with a spring) and then down through the needle eye.
Always, thread up the top thread with the pressure foot up - this opens up the tension device.

Hope this helps out a little at least.

Sep 20, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I have a Kenmore 385.16126200. The tension is too loose. I have already turned the dial all the way to 9. Is there something else I could do?


I would check to make sure the spring is working in the dial, check to see if the dial is actually closing around, if not could be a bad spring in it. Also check to make sure the thread is totally in the dial. Hope this helps.

May 16, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Just borrowed a friends machine but no instructions for threading cotton from top to needle and how to put in spool.Have got thread on spool.Just need to sew a basic hem


You haven't said what mail and model machine this relates to.

You could try http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/tp/operatingasewingmachine.htm, there is lots of good general information there which might be of help, most machines have similar functionality, ie a bobbbin goes into a rotary hook and there will be a tension spring on that thread. Top thread will also need to go through tension device, usually discs in the threading path from spool to needle.

There is usually a stitch length and stitch width dial/knob/digital selection and a stitch selector for different utility stitches such as blind hem, overcasting etc. If you just want a straight stitch, then stitch length would be 2.5 or 2.7 maybe for a heavy fabric.

You need to put in the correct sized needle for the fabric you at sewing too, http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/ig/Sewing-Machine-Needles/

Important thing is threading up so that both threads are under tension, make sure the pressure foot is raised during threading so the top thread can go between the tension discs. The bobbin will either be drop in top loading in which case you need to click the thread into a tension spring on the side of the bobbin holder. Or front loading bobbin inside a removeable bobbin case which is mounted vertically. The bobbin case will also have a tension spring on it.

Also you could try You-tube - there is lots of videos there for different brands.

May 15, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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How do I adjust the tension? Alos the stitch width and length? I have lost my manual!!


what make and model? you might find a threading diagram on www.sewusa.com
or you could try www.sewing.about.com for general threading diagrams. Or you might be able to buy a download manual from www.tradebit.com but you need to identify it first, try the plate beside the power inlet area for model details.

Tension on top thread is controlled by a dial or knob in front, usually above the needle and pressure foot area and should be set to a mid number so if the dial goes from zero to 10, set it on 5.

Bottom tension is controlled by the bobbin holder and tension spring usually but this varies between makes. Some machines have a top loading bobbin and some have a seperate case that is front loaded into the rotary hook.

The one thing all machines have in common is you need to get the thread fully into the tension spring or tension device for it to work properly and the bobbin needs to be rotating the right way.

Again stitch length and width is set in different ways on different machines but many have a knob or dial for each function.

It is always best to have the manual and familiarise yourself with your machine to get the most quality sewing time from it.

Apr 14, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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The machine is not stitching correctly,especially on zig zag # 3 stitch selection. I put two different thread colors and the zig zag on the front and back of fabric are both the bobbin thread. Now the...


If the bobbin thread is coming up to the top, then the thread is not under tension correctly. I think that this is a top loading bobbin so the bobbin will go into the bobbin holder, then you pull the thread back and press it into a tension device - should hear it click into tension. Now pull the thread back towards you and it should not come out of the tension. The bobbin should turn anticlockwise as the thread is pulled from it.

These bobbin holders usually will have a small adjustment dial on them and it should have the standard setting marked in red. It is very unusual that you would need to change this but check that it hasn't been messed with perhaps. If you have the machine manual check where they say the dial should be set. More likely that the thread is just not into tension fully or at all.

The manual may give you other troubleshooting tips too.

A good resouce is www.sewing.about.com for general machine tips, cleaning and threading issues.

Hope this helps.


Apr 11, 2011 | Bernina BERNETTE 65 Mechanical Sewing...

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The top sewing thread feeds into the bobbin chamber and gets tangled. The top thread will not draw up the bobbin thread. This a Quilters Dream 2


I'd suggest that you rethread the top thread entirely, ensuring the thread is going through the tension discs correctly and that the tension dial is set to the medium setting, usually 4 or 5.

If you have your manual, also check the cleaning instructions and see if the manual gives instructions on how to clean the tension discs, some of the newer machines these are hidden away but earlier models, you just turned the dial to zero, then ran a piece of clean cotton scrap selvedge edge through between the discs to clean out.

Also, if the machine is not drawing the bobbin thread up to the needle plate during a stitch sequence, check that your needle is not in backwards. Must be flat shank to the back.

Finally, if you are getting thread birdnests in the bobbin area a lot, remove the needle plate and follow your manual instructions to remove the bobbin holder and clean under it. The bobbin holder looks like this and sits in a surround.

tally_girl_12.jpg Check that this case hasn't been damaged by the needle, there may be little piercing or burring of the plastic. If so, give it a file smooth with a nail file, wipe it clean and try again. The rough edge could be catching the threads.

Mar 12, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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How to thread the singer cg590 sewing machine??


First, be sure your bobbin is in correctly, place it with the thread running counter-clockwise (the tail will be off to the left), and drop it into the bobbin case. Pull the tail toward you and make sure it catches on the silver catch closest to you by pulling to your left then away from you (toward the feed dogs). You should now feel some tension on the thread, this is good.

Be sure the presser foot us up and the wheel is turned so the needle is at it's highest point (neutral), then put a spool of thread on the spool holder (behind the machine above the motor) with the thread catch (a little notch) to the right as you put it on. Put on the thread holder (a plastic donught that holds the spool in place). The spool should not move but the thread should come off of it freely.

Bring your thread through the plastic catch on the back of the machine (near the center) by passing it underneath and pulling upward and to the rear. Pull it to the front over the top of the machine and pass it through the bottom of the small metal holder (not the round part, that is for winding the bobbin). Bring it down in front of the machine to the tensioner, passing it around the bottom of the tensioner then pulling up so that the tension is engaged. Don't worry if you don't feel tension, that's normal if your presser foot is up and needle is at the top. Pull the thread up to the top of the machine and through the receiver then down toward the needle. There is a double loop just above the needle, thread through it then thread your needle front to back.

Be sure to pull up your bobbin thread and hold both threads as you start to sew.

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Place thread spool on the spool pin at back right top of machine. From there, thread through 1) rear thread guide (little hook), 2) front thread guide (front hook), 3) down and up through the thread tension dial from right to left so that thread picks up the thread spring check (the little spring on the left of the tension dial). 4) Through the thread take-up-lever, from right to left (the little lever that goes up and down). 5) Through the thread guard and guides (one on the front, one on the needle arm). 6) Through the needle, front to back. Good luck johntrev800 (at) yahoo.com

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